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Broadalbin-Perth partners with First Choice Financial FCU to offer ATM at high school

Broadalbin-Perth partners with First Choice Financial FCU to offer ATM at high school

First Choice Financial Federal Credit Union has partnered with Broadalbin-Perth to install an ATM machine in the lobby of the Robert C. Munn Gymnasium at the junior/senior high school. The ATM will be free to use for First Choice members.

“From our founding at FMCC as a teacher-based credit union to our STAR student banking program, First Choice Financial FCU is proud of its ties to our local schools," said First Choice Financial Senior Vice President Paul Naslund. "The ATM installed in the Broadalbin-Perth High School lobby will give students, teachers, and parents access to financial services in a safe, convenient location."

Having the ATM on campus will encourage students to open a checking account, give them hands-on experience with the concept of banking, and prepare them for their financial futures. 

Broadalbin-Perth believes in the importance of personal finance education. Last year, BPHS became one of only 20 high schools in New York state to require a personal finance course for graduation. 

“We have always wanted to build programs at B-P that prepare our students for life after high school,” said B-P Jr./Sr. High School Principal Mark Brooks. “Often, it’s easy to just focus on college being the life after high school, but it’s growing increasingly important to prepare our students for the ‘real world.’” 

B-P adopted the nationally recognized curriculum Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) for its required course. Throughout the course, students learn how to make a personal budget, how to write a check, and about student loans, rent agreements, mortgages, and more.

B-P Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson said, “Not only does the ATM offer the convenience of withdrawing and depositing money for our students, staff, and visitors, it also introduces students to personal banking and budgeting, both of which are necessary life skills.”

The ATM will be available for use as of the first day of school, Thursday, Sept. 7.

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